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Upcoming Colloquium

Student Research Presentations

May 3 & 5, 2021
11:00am via Zoom

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Students enrolled in PHYS 691, 697, 698 and 496 will present their research progress and achievements. Other students will present research updates and readings from their semester.

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.


The Spring 2021 colloquia will start on January 25.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
May 3, 2021 Student Research Presentations I Students, CSU Long Beach
May 5, 2021 Student Research Presentations II Students, CSU Long Beach

Previous Colloquia

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 26, 2021 Bringing Physics into the Fold: from origami fashion to atomic origami for micro-scale robots Dr. Itai Cohen, Cornell University
April 19, 2021 How Do You Make a Binary Black Hole? Dr. Carl Rodriguez, Carnegie Mellon University
April 12, 2021 Transient Spatiotemporal Chaos Dr. Renate Wackerbauer, University of Alaska Fairbanks
April 5, 2021 The Trouble with Traditional Physics Labs Dr. Natasha Holmes, Cornell University
March 26, 2021 Shaken is Different: Out-of-equilibrium Quantum Matter Dr. Martin Rodriguez-Vega, University of Texas, Austin
March 24, 2021 What is the Bulk Photovoltaic Effect? Dr. Benjamin Fregoso, Kent University
March 22, 2021 The Magic of Moiré Quantum Matter Dr. Pablo Jarillo-Herrero,  MIT
March 17, 2021 Moiré Materials and Incommensurability-driven Phases in Two-dimensions Dr. Justin Wilson, Rutgers University
March 15, 2021 Electron and Photon Impact Induced Processes in Molecules Dr. Samantha Fonseca, Rollins College
March 8, 2021 Frontier of quantum computation and quantum machine learning Dr. Murphy Niu, Google AI Quantum
March 1, 2021 Magnetohydrodynamics and Convection in Accretion Disks: From Dwarf Novae to Luminous Quasars Dr. Omer Blaes, UC Santa Barbara
February 22, 2021 Power at the Nanoscale: Speed, Strength and Efficiency in Biological Motors Dr. Carlos Bustamante, UC Berkeley
February 15, 2021 Reverberation Mapping Black Hole Accretion Flows Dr. Erin Kara, MIT
February 8, 2021 Emerging Electrical and Optical Properties from the 2D Wonderland Dr. Long Ju, MIT
February 1, 2021 Magnetism meets mesoscopics: Synthetic spin hamiltonians in nanoscale devices Dr. Takis Kontos, Laboratorie de Physique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris France
January 25, 2021 High Magnetic Fields: a "magnifying glass" to spy on what electrons do! Dr. Paula Giraldo-Gallo, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.


We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!